Benefits to help those in need almost comes as second nature to many musicians and so it's no surprise that musicians across Texas have been organizing to meet the enormous need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that struck Houston and much of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Some were at work in the initial days of the hurricane and its aftermath. I know Wade Bowen organized two tractor-trailer trucks of supplies from Waco and New Braunfels to accompany him to a Corpus Christi concert while Waco musician Jeremy Scott Echols took his boat down to help rescue operations. They were two of many, many volunteers who donated, collected, drove and supported emergency relief efforts.
One notable concert happened this week in conjunction with the Hand In Hand national telethon with Texas legend George Strait headlining a San Antonio show that also featured Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett.
Another comes Sept. 22 when Willie Nelson joins Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and others, with Charlie Sexton as music director and Asleep at the Wheel as house band for "Harvey Can't Mess With Texas" at Austin's Frank Erwin Center. It's already a sellout, I'm afraid, but a show that will be televised with an hour's worth livestreamed on YouTube.
Waco's turn comes Oct. 8 when The Backyard, 511 S. Eighth St., hosts one of 12 concerts that day for Texans United Flood Relief. In addition to Waco, cities with shows that Sunday include Denton, Austin (two concerts), Bryan/College Station, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, New Braunfels, Conroe, Tyler, McKinney and Katy.
The talent list for the Waco show is fairly long and while not as star-studded as the one that Wade Bowen brings to town every year for his MusicFest, it's definitely respectable: Jason Eady, Deryl Dodd, Adam Hood, Josh Grider, Drew Kennedy, Courtney Patton, Jackie Darlene, John Dempsy, Mike Stanley, Clayton Landua, Ryan Turner, Kensie Coppin, Sundae Drivers, Station Creek, Cody Sparks and the Huser Brothers. More, I'm sure, will be added in the weeks ahead.
Gates open at noon with the music starting at 1 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation, but I'm sure organizers will take any amount above that that people want to donate. There's also an auction going on throughout the afternoon.